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Mato Kotwani

Senior Associate   |  
Advocate & Solicitor (Singapore)

Mato’s practice areas encompass civil and commercial litigation, debt recovery, criminal litigation (white-collar and general crime) and bankruptcy and insolvency.

key areas of practice

  • Civil & Commercial Litigation
  • Criminal Law
  • Employment Law
  • Debt Recover
  • Corporate Compliance

Mato graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Laws degree in 2014 and was ranked within the top 30% of his cohort.

 

Mato’s practice areas encompass civil and commercial litigation, debt recovery, criminal litigation (white-collar and general crime) and bankruptcy and insolvency. In addition to litigation and dispute resolution, Mato also regularly advises businesses on employment law and personal data protection laws and compliance.

 

Mato’s experience in civil and commercial litigation includes representing both private individuals and corporations in litigation at both the State Courts and High Court. His criminal defence experience includes representing clients (both individuals and corporations) during investigations and pre-trial stages to seek reductions or withdrawals of criminal charges, conducting and assisting in trials as well as representing clients in plead-guilty cases to seek reduced sentences.

 

The criminal cases he has worked on include representing clients in violent offences, financial crimes (e.g Criminal Breach of Trust, Cheating, Moneylending offences and CDSA offences).

key areas of practice

  • Civil & Commercial Litigation
  • Criminal Law
  • Employment Law
  • Debt Recover
  • Corporate Compliance

Notable Cases

Civil and Commercial Disputes

The St James Murder Case

  • Represented one of the accused person who was initially charged with murder;
  • The charges were subsequently reduced to voluntarily causing grievous hurt;
  • Successfully secured a sentence of 5 ½ years imprisonment for the accused person.

Criminal Breach Of Trust By A Teacher

  • Represented a teacher who was charged with Criminal Breach of Trust as a Servant;
  • Due to the amount involved, the benchmark sentence would have been in the range of 10 – 12 months;
  • After substantial representations and submissions during the sentencing hearing, the sentence was reduced to 7 months imprisonment

Civil and Commercial Disputes

  • Defended a consultant in civil proceedings brought in the High Court by the Plaintiff which was a foreign company;
  • The claim against the Defendant included fraud and conspiracy and the losses claimed by the company involved over hundreds of thousands of dollars;
  • The claim was brought by a rogue foreign company that was impecunious. Successfully obtained an order for Security for Costs against the Plaintiffs and finally got the claim struck out.

Forced Sale/Partition Of Land

  • Assisted in a case involving two owners of a property. Represented the Plaintiff who had contributed more than 95% of the purchase price of the HDB flat. The second owner had contributed less than 5% of the purchase price and several years later tried to claim for an almost equal share of the flat;
  • Applied to the High Court for an order for the sale of the flat with the sale proceeds to be divided in the proportion of 95% in favour of our client.
  • The Court decided in favour of the Plaintiffs

Cross Border Disputes

  • Acted for clients involved in a cross-border dispute involving the building of oil-rig components. The total contract price was in the range of US$100 million and the amount in dispute was in the range of approximately US$40 million. The case involved complex issues including unlawful means conspiracy between co-defendants.

Cross Border Advisory Work

  • Advised foreign clients on cross border issues such as enforcing of foreign judgments in Singapore as well as the taking of evidence in Singapore to assist in foreign proceedings;
  • Advised local corporate clients involved in commercial acquisitions by foreign entities.

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